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6 Free Online Tools Every Business Owner Should Know About

6 Free Online Tools Every Business Owner Should Know About

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Often short on time, sleep, and money, new business owners need all the help they can get.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of free online tools designed to help streamline and simplify day-to-day tasks. By taking advantage of these resources and improving your workflow, you’ll get more done, and spend less while you do it.

Below is a list of our favorite free tools for new business owners.

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Why Your Ecommerce Store Needs a Business Plan (and How to Write One)

Why Your Ecommerce Store Needs a Business Plan (and How to Write One)

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If your first thought when hearing the words "business plan" is "yuck", then you're not alone.

For most people, the thought of writing a business plan brings up painful memories of past homework assignments and many online store owners view them as something only "real world" businesses and Silicon Valley startups need.

And lets face it, there's all that fun marketing stuff you could be doing like taking product photos, writing blog posts and opening social media accounts.

But the truth is, the fun stuff will only be meaningful if you build your business on a strong foundation.

And that's where writing a simple business plan comes in.

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Ecommerce Business Blueprint: How To Build, Launch And Grow A Profitable Online Store

Ecommerce Business Blueprint: How To Build, Launch And Grow A Profitable Online Store

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Starting an ecommerce business is hard work with many steps and decisions that need to come together at the right time. To help, we have put together a comprehensive resource list, compiled from Shopify's most popular blog posts. These posts have been placed into a logical order based on how you would research, build, launch and grow a profitable ecommerce business.

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The 10 Best Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas

The 10 Best Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas

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Coming up with a great idea for a product to sell online will occasionally strike when you least expect it. Many times though, it’s something you need to be proactively on the lookout for. The internet contains a wealth of ideas and inspiration, but as a new entrepreneur, where do you begin? Aimlessly searching online will only get you so far so we have compiled a list of the best resources to give you direction and get you started.

 

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Update: Sir Richard Branson Is Choosing an Additional Build a Business Winner

Update: Sir Richard Branson Is Choosing an Additional Build a Business Winner

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This year’s Build A Business Competition is unlike any we’ve ever done before — and there’s one more exciting twist.

Sir Richard Branson himself will be hand picking one additional Shopify business owner to join him on Necker Island for the trip of a lifetime.

And it’s not too late to enter, even if you’re just getting started.

But first, hear from Sir Richard himself about why entrepreneurship contests like the Build A Business Competition are so important to him.

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What To Sell Online: 10 Interesting Product Ideas Trending Right Now

What To Sell Online: 10 Interesting Product Ideas Trending Right Now

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With thousands of products available to sell online, narrowing one down can be overwhelming. Recently, we learned eight strategies for finding your first product and in our last post we discovered ten places entrepreneurs go to find product ideas.

Since then, we've gone through all of those resources ourselves and have selected ten products – one product from each resource category that looked interesting and is currently trending on Google.

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How To Find A Product To Sell Online: The Definitive Guide

How To Find A Product To Sell Online: The Definitive Guide

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There's never been a better time to create an online store. It's easier and cheaper than ever to get started and sell to people all over the world. However, the biggest hurdle to starting your own store has always been finding and choosing the right product to sell.

We know this can be a bit of a challenging step for new entrepreneurs. This guide gives you an easy-to-follow framework for finding, evaluating and validating product ideas that you can build a profitable online business around.

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How To Start An Online T-Shirt Business: The Ultimate Guide

How To Start An Online T-Shirt Business: The Ultimate Guide

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The t-shirt is a staple in casual wear and has been universally accepted by both men and women the last few decades. Not only are they a classic piece of casual wear, but t-shirts are a blank canvas for artists and entrepreneurs alike. Because of this, online t-shirt businesses have become a popular business choice these days. For many entrepreneurs, starting an online t-shirt brand is a great and inexpensive way to start an online business, whether it’s your first, second, or tenth business.

With the growth in popularity of t-shirts businesses, there's no doubt you'll be facing some stiff competition. So to break through, you'll need to have designs people love, a brand people cherish and quality people trust. In this guide we will go through the creation process for starting your own t-shirt line and online store. We will look at each of the steps involved and the keys to success to help you get started as a t-shirt entrepreneur.

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How Luxyhair.com Built a Seven-Figure Ecommerce Business With YouTube Marketing

How Luxyhair.com Built a Seven-Figure Ecommerce Business With YouTube Marketing

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When Alex Ikonn and his wife Mimi realized how hard it was to find good hair extensions, they knew they had stumbled on a business opportunity. 

They took their problem and solved it by creating Luxy Hair - an extremely successful online store selling hair extensions for women.

And the coolest part? Their business is powered almost exclusively by tutorial-style YouTube videos.  

Their YouTube channel was created in 2010 and since then has amassed 1,474,246 subscribers and 173,657,125 total video views.

In other words, Luxy Hair is the perfect example of an audience enabled business that relies on a loyal community of fans instead of other channels like SEO and paid advertising. 

I caught up with Alex to find out how they took their site from idea to million dollar business. 

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The Top 10 Articles on the Shopify Blog in 2014

The Top 10 Articles on the Shopify Blog in 2014

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Here on the Shopify blog, our goal is to help aspiring ecommerce entrepreneurs find a product to sell, and help existing merchants build long-term, successful businesses.

To achieve that, we create high-quality, free content around a range of topics that cover everything from coming up with product ideas, to building and designing your store, and of course generating traffic and sales.

This year we created almost 200 blog posts and we’ve gone through them all to pull out the 10 most popular articles for you below.

Enjoy.

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